LaHood Not Impressed With Quinn’s Budget Address

State Senator DarinLaHoodIn his annual budget address, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has proposed making the temporary income tax increase permanent, but offered to soften the blow with property tax relief.  Quinn’s plan would keep the flat income tax at five-percent, where it’s been since the 2011 temporary hike from three-point-75 percent.  To make the increase more palatable, Quinn is offering a 500-dollar annual refund on property taxes paid by homeowners.  Quinn says the additional revenue is needed to support education, including an expansion of early childhood programs.  Without the revenue, Quinn says cuts to vital programs would be savage.
Local State Senator Darin LaHood provides reaction to Quinn’s budget address.